flippr: Access Widgets From Any Screen, Any App On Your Phone [Android]

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What can a floating button on your screen do? Just about everything imaginable. It's one of the most common ways developers make theirs apps easily accessible from any and all screens on a device. flippr is an Android app that puts all your widgets a swipe away. It adds a floating button that you can swipe to access widgets from within other apps,. The apps continue to run when you use the widget and you can swipe it away and return to the app when you're finished. In addition to calling a widget, the app also lets you create groups of widgets and switch between them, all from the app's button. Read More

Blur: A New Stlye Of App Launcher In The Making, Comes With API [Android]

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App launchers aren't like normal apps. They aim to make using your device more convenient but they also do what few apps do. They inspire new ways for users to interact with their device and if a launcher is popular enough, many app developers will work to support it. Blur is a new launcher, freshly released, and still in the rough that takes cue from Google Now.  Blur expands on having consolidated information on a single page by allowing entire apps to have a dedicate page to themselves.  The result is users have entire 'pages' dedicated to an app much like they have a dedicated Google Now page. The catch of course is that at present, there aren't a lot of apps that support Blur since it just came out. The developers have releases an API that can be used to integrate an app with Blur but you're in for a wait before your favorite and frequently used apps have a page of their own. Read More

Debtster Helps You Track Your IOUs Within Different Groups [Android]

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The complications that come with splitting bills when you are co-existing are unavoidable. Keeping track and then later reconciling the difference can be time consuming if you're IOUs are all little sticky notes or scribblings on paper. Debtster is an Android app that helps make sharing expenses, and recovering them, easier. It makes allowance for expense sharing with different groups so if you're splitting bills with a room-mate or occasionally end up paying for lunch or coffee for a co-worker, the app lets you keep track of both separately. You add yourself as a user, likewise, other users are added the same way. The app supports most popular currencies but not all of them which is a surprise and gives you a nice historical view of money that is owed for a particular transaction. Read More

Grammar Nazi Helps You Learn Proper English While You Read [Android]

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English is a bit of a tricky language; you're not always sure whether a CH at the start of a word should be pronounced as it is in Chair or as it is in Character. Then you hear tongue twisters about a woodchuck chucking wood and it gets more confusing. Words you can learn slowly by reading. You will eventually have a bigger vocabulary and hopefully the knowledge to use them properly. The trickier part of a language is the syntax i.e. the grammar. Grammar Nazi is an Android app that, although built to be a game, helps you read books in English (currently only supports TXT files) and improve your grammar. Read More

Numix Is A Material Design Calculator With Advanced Trig Functions [Android]

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Material design apps are cropping up more and more frequently now. Developers are not only taking well to the new design but since its announcement, they've been hard at developing useful apps while conforming to it. Numix is the next Android app to jump cut to Material design. It's a calculator, nothing more - nothing less. Besides the standard mathematical functions, the app supports trigonometric functions as well as conversion of numbers to decimal, binary, or hexadecimal number systems. The free version of the app will let you perform any and all supported calculations while the pro version features customization options in the form of themes, and allows you to recall previous calculations. Read More

Andrognito BETA: Hide Any And All Types Of Files On Your Android Device [No Root]

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Just yesterday, we reviewed S Converter, a simple conversion app that is an excellent example of what Material design is. As time goes by, more and more developers are now conforming to the new Material design and creating some really great apps in the process. Andrognito, a play on the words Android and Incognito, a new app that lets you hide your files. The app is in Beta and does not require a rooted device to run. Files are hidden behind a PIN number and can only be unhidden from the app itself. Once a file has been hidden, it no longer appears in file browsing apps. Read More

S Converter: Convert Units With This Material Design Done Right App [Android]

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How many pounds in a kilogram? Back when calculators, and smartphones weren't so common, the best you could do was learn little tricks that could help you get a near estimate. For example, you can double the value of Kg and then add half more to get a near enough figure of how many pounds are in it. Fortunately, you can now convert units from the Google search results page or, if you're offline, you can use a conversion app like S Converter. It supports unit conversion for acceleration, currency, area, digital storage, energy, force, fuel consumption, and more. The app works great and if you want another reason to use it over any other run-of-the-mill conversion app then take S Converter's design into consideration which is all Material. Read More

Poppy Gives You Email Notifications That You Can Reply To From Anywhere [Android]

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Android's notifications one-up iOS notifications because they can be made more interactive. Android is after all open and that means more features. Email Popup: Poppy is an Android app that gives you richer email alerts on any screen. Like the alerts in the notification area, you can interact with the alert but it takes the interaction further. You can reply to the email directly from the email without having to switch to the email app. The message can be marked as read, and deleted as well. Read More

QwickNote: Gesture Based Note Taking App With Text, Photo, Voice Memo & Reminder [Android]

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Note taking apps are like weather apps; there are a lot of both of them. I haven't found an app that takes notes and tells you the weather but I have found a neat little note taking app that is gesture based, covers all the bases you would want in a note taking app including voice and photo based notes, and it syncs to Dropbox. QwickNote is a free ad-supported app that lets you take notes. For an ad-free version, download the pro version of the app.  Apart from letting you create text, photo, and voice based notes, it also lets you create lists, set reminders for your notes, add check boxes to your lists, edit the text size, and a lot more. Read More

Rotation Gives You Complete, Per-App Control Over Your Device’s Orientation [Paid]

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The accelerometer in our phones add amazing functionality to it allowing developers to develop some truly creative games and some amazing utility apps. It also tells our phone which way it's being held i.e. upright in portrait mode or in landscape mode. The screen rotates accordingly to make use of the the extra space in landscape mode. With screen orientation, the ability to rotate it is great but it's also a fact that one size does not fit all. You can't lock the orientation and you can't always have it enabled because some apps are best used in portrait mode while others are best used in landscape mode. Rotation is an Android app worth $0.99 in the Google Play Store that lets you change screen orientation on the fly, customize it on a per-app basis, and/or force it to either landscape or portrait mode for all screen. Read More

Pale Moon For Android Is Firefox On Steroids

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Mozilla Firefox is an open-source web browser, which means anyone can take its source code, modify it and create their own custom built. Various projects, maintained by small, or even individual, developers have taken Firefox and released their own variants, either to optimize its performance, or offer additional functionality. Pale Moon is one such highly ambitious project for Windows and Linux that’s known for its fast performance. The browser carries many backend optimizations that make it faster than the stable Firefox build. The XDA-Developers forum member cyansmoker had been busy bringing the Pale Moon browser to Android for the past few months, and he’s now released its first version for anyone to download and use. Read More

Bamboo Paper Finally Goes Multi-Platform & We Took It For A Spin

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If you are artistically inclined, you will instantly recognize the name of Wacom, a company that made a name for itself through digital drawing tablets. Despite not being an artist, I have used the Wacom Bamboo for the longest time, as it brought an element of ease and fluidity to writing, note taking, scribbling and drawing on a computer. 'Bamboo' was the name given to their introductory line of drawing tablets. When the world started shifting to tablet computing, it was a logical choice to provide Bamboo's trade mark fluidity in the new world. This brought us Bamboo Paper, a very popular app that has been an iOS exclusive for nearly 3 years. However, it is now looking at a multi-platform launch for "Kindle + Windows Tablets + Android" Phablets and Tablets. Phones - even large screen devices - will have to make do with Wacom's image sharing app Bamboo Loop, as Paper is not available to all mobile users. Let us take you through how the app fares on an Android Phablet (tested on a Sony Xperia Z Ultra). Read More

Focal (Beta) Aims To Be The One Camera App To Rule Them All [Android]

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I'll be the first one to say that there is little in this world that can beat Google's Camera app. I have yet to find anything that comes close for either Android or iOS. Having said that, there's always a chance something better or something different comes along. Focal is a new camera app for Android and before you read further, know that it is in Beta and it does have bugs. It's an all encompassing app for recording video or taking photos with several flash modes, white balance, scene mode,, HDR capture, effects, exposure adjustment, and burst mode. Read More

Get Audio Guided Instructions For Taking Selfies With The Rear Camera [Android]

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As I write this post, I know I'm helping to further the selfie epidemic that plagues this generation but Smart Selfie is an app that is hard to pass up. It's an Android app that helps you take a selfie with the rear camera instead of the front one which, on many devices, is a lower resolution than the other one. Smart Selfie asks how many people are in a photo, and what orientation it is being taken in. The app then gives audio instructions to move the device up, left, right, closer, and away until everyone is in the shot and then it takes the selfie. Read More

Digify: Secure, View Only, Self-Destructing File Sharing With Dropbox Support

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It’s seemingly pivotal, from time to time, to discuss the essential process of protecting your sensitive data. We’ve discussed apps before that are designed to help you securely share files online, but today we’re going to take a look at another entry in that race that combines Snapchat like prowess with Dropbox-esque file sharing. The app is simply referred to as Digify and it aims to give you the most secure file sharing solution. The application achieves this via the good ‘ol file destruction method. That is, rather than giving recipient permanent access to a file, it sets a time limit from the sender and initiates self-destruct automatically. Read More

Essential Calls: Allow Your Phone To Ring Only If It’s Important [Android]

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Call forwarding and voice mail are how we deal with calls when we're caught up with something important. Of course, not all calls can just be forwarded to voice mail. Some are important enough to take during a meeting. Essential Calls is an Android app that lets calls from white listed contacts bring your phone out of silent mode and ring or vibrate, whichever you prefer. The app has a Lite version and a premium version. The Lite version lets you white list only two contacts (a bit too restrictive to be honest) while the premium version lets you add unlimited contacts and get SMS alerts for text messages sent by them. Read More

New Features In Firefox 31 For Desktop & Android

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Has it been six weeks already? Yes it has and that means it's time to get a new version of Firefox for both desktop and Android. Firefox 31 is now available for direct download or you can upgrade the current version by clicking the help button in the options panel. Firefox 31 for desktop brings new features for both end users and developers. Noteworthy among them is the Prefer:Safe feature which tells websites the current user is accessing the web behind parental controls. A new search field has been added to the new tab page, and a nice color picker tool has been added for developers, among other things. Firefox for Android is expanding on the home panels feature and you can now install more add-ons to add a larger variety of feeds to the home page. The API for adding content to the home page has also been introduced for developers. Users can now force sync open tabs from their Android device and reorder the home panels. Read More

Facebook Now Lets You Bookmark Posts From Web And Mobile

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Something that's long been missing on Facebook is a way, any way, to find a link or photo you liked a month ago. Even searching for a page you like but have forgotten the name of is difficult. That struggle is now a thing of the past because Facebook is rolling out a new 'Save' feature to its users. This new feature lets you save places, events, music, links, and photos from your news feed. A new 'Save' link is added under the Favorites in the left side bar where you can access them, share them, revisit the links, or delete them. The feature is being made available in both iOS and Android apps, as well as for the web. Read More

HandyCall: Answer, Reject, Or Mute Calls From A Floating Button [Android]

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We've reviewed apps that add floating chat heads for Google Chrome, and Android Notifications, and even a nice floating button for accessing the dialer app. Floating buttons aren't that new a concept and these handy, omnipresent buttons are no stranger to Android users but they seem to centre around replicating Facebook chat heads to a great extent and the majority of these apps do indeed cater to the messaging function of our phones. HandyCall is an Android app that adds a floating head to your screen when  you receive an incoming call. You can answer, reject, or mute the incoming call and continue to do whatever it is you were doing. The app comes with a built-in scheduler that lets you set when the app should be active if you don't want to use the floating head all the time. Read More

Set Device To Silent Or Vibrate Based On Time, Location, Event, Or Contact [Android]

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The way you can automate tasks in Android is something you can't do even half as well on other smartphone platforms (we're looking at you iOS) and the apps that are developed to cater to Android's customization abilities are simply amazing. You may have heard that a Do Not Disturb feature is coming to Android L and while we don't have an app that replicates it for lower versions of Android, we have some that can tie us down well enough until Android L arrives. Mr. Silent, Auto silent mode is an Android app that lets you automate when your device is set on either silent or vibrate mode. You can set time slots, locations, events, and even select contacts, that the app will automatically mute your device for. Read More